…By Enitan Thompson for TDPel Media.
Clio Wood, a mother of two, has opened up about the pain she experienced during sex for two years after giving birth due to her pelvic floor muscles being too tight.
Clio, who has recently written a book about pregnancy and intimacy, believes that sexual health is a crucial aspect of postnatal depression recovery.
She also thinks that sexual wellbeing has a significant impact on our mental and physical health, and that intimacy can play a major role in a couple’s overall relationship satisfaction.
Clio struggled with postnatal depression and PTSD after her first daughter was born nearly nine years ago.
She had an episiotomy during childbirth, which she thought may have contributed to her pain.
However, after a year of experiencing pain during sex, she learned that it was all linked to her pelvic floor muscles, which had become too tight because she was carrying out exercises incorrectly.
Clio’s life turned around when she found a physiotherapist who specialized in women’s health.
Breaking the Stigma
Clio wants to break the stigma surrounding the conversation on sex, especially among mothers, as it’s often depicted as something that they’re not supposed to enjoy.
She believes that sexual wellbeing is vital to becoming a better mother because it makes women feel satisfied with themselves, which can make them better mothers.
She’s passionate about opening up this conversation so that women can feel stronger and advocate for themselves, and she hopes to change the conversation for her daughters.
Clio’s story highlights an issue that is often ignored or overlooked: the pain and discomfort that women can experience during sex after childbirth.
Women who have undergone childbirth are often too embarrassed or ashamed to talk about the problem, which is a significant concern.
It’s vital for women to understand that they’re not alone, and there are solutions available.
Clio’s experience shows that it’s possible to recover from the problem with the right treatment and care.
Her book provides a platform for mothers to talk about the challenges they face with postnatal recovery, including sexual health.
Clio’s story is a reminder that conversations about sexual health are essential and that people should not feel ashamed or embarrassed to seek help.